Our People

Donovan Fornwalt, CEO

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Donovan served for 14 years as Director of Governmental Affairs & Disability Policy for The Council on Developmental Disabilities. His long history of disability advocacy began in 1994 when he was director for Advocacy and Legal Rights for the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville. Even in those early days, he demonstrated his proclivity for strategic successes by lobbying successfully for the first funding increase for the Personal Care Attendant Program since its inception in 1984.

Prior to joining the Council, Donovan served as the principal assistant to then-Senate Majority Floor Leader David Karem.

Besides extensive experience on a broad, statewide scale that requires both savvy in the national arena and ability to navigate Kentucky and Medicaid finance systems, Donovan serves as an advocate for his own family members with developmental disabilities and was a family home provider for 19 years for a young man with developmental disabilities, a longtime friend to Donovan and his children.

"Many of our employees and board members are either a parent or a sibling of a loved one with a disability. When a mom or a dad or a sister calls us for help, we listen. We listen because we are hearing our own story, the story of a family struggling to ensure a safe, healthy and dignified life. We listen with humility and with a genuine passion to make things better.”

Contact Donovan: dfornwalt@councilondd.org

Dr. Toetta R. Taul, L.E.A.D. Training Director

A native of Richmond, Ky., Dr. Taul holds a bachelor of arts in social studies education from Kentucky State University as well as graduate degrees from Spalding University, including a Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning and Behavior Disorders, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Taul directs the Council’s Leadership Education & Advocacy Development training program, which helps train and empower parents to advocate and communicate effectively about their children’s educational needs. She also is employed by the Jefferson County Public School system, where she has worked since 2002. Currently, Dr. Taul works at The Academy@Shawnee as an Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Consulting Teacher. She is active in the district as a trainer and facilitator and is a Classroom Management Trainer for the Jefferson County Teacher Association (JCTA). Additionally, Dr. Taul teaches culturally responsive teaching and classroommanagement/leadership for the JCPS Alternative Certification Elementary and Secondary (ACES) Program.

Dr. Taul’s life’s passion has been working with students with disabilities, as well as underprivileged and less-advantaged youth. She has mentored several teachers new to the profession and works with parents to involve them in their student’s academic success.

Contact Dr. Taul: toetaul@gmail.com

Ehren Reed, Teaching Artist/Consultant

Ehren is beloved by our constituents and has led many workshops for our families and curated many exhibits for The Council. As of May 2016, Ehren’s role will be as a teaching artist and consultant. Outreach and engagement expanded dramatically under Ehren’s leadership, as she organized arts programming to promote self-expression and foster a sense of community.

Ehren is a graduate of one of the most respected liberal arts colleges in the nation, Kenyon College. She also is a graduate of the California College of the Arts, where she received a BFA with high distinction in painting and drawing. Ehren spent 14 years as a professional artist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Louisville in 2013. She has exhibited her work in a variety of venues nationally.

Ehren has extensive experience volunteering with groups that serve artists with disabilities, including StudioWorks in Louisville.

Contact Ehren: ehrenereed@gmail.com

Shawna Dellecave, Director, Family Advocacy and the Arts

Shawna has worked in the area of family support and education for individuals with disabilities for over twenty years. She is from Northern Kentucky and began her career as a preschool teacher in an inclusive classroom. She was a KY First Steps Service Coordinator for nine years. She also has experience as a residential assistant for adults with disabilities as well as a therapeutic camp counselor. She is a professional art therapist with extensive case management experience.

Shawna earned a Master’s of Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Northern Kentucky University. Shawna has an associate license as a professional art therapist in Kentucky. She is a registered yoga teacher. Her professional training has given much knowledge and experience to navigating the vast array or resources and supports individuals with disability and their families need. Shawna is also a musician and performing artist.

Shawna is dedicated to fostering supportive communities for individuals with disabilities as well as support for parents, siblings, and professional caregivers. As an art therapist, Shawna knows the value of art to speak what words cannot. She uses art, music, and movement as media to create relationships, develop positive self-image, and to develop expressive skills. Shawna creates group atmospheres that are welcoming and non-judgmental so participants can experience connection, personal growth and development.

Contact Shawna: shawna@councilondd.org

U of L Digital-Media Team

The Council has been fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with doctoral students in the Rhetoric and Composition program at U of L since 2014.

These students bring a wealth of digital-media experience to the project, with special talents in audio/video editing, storytelling and community engagement. Members of the current team have been instrumental in documenting our arts advocacy efforts through the NAMWM project. They collaborate with us to photograph and videotape workshops and also provide hands-on assistance to workshop participants. The team is creating short videos to tell the story of the project and our artists. Additionally, the U of L team is offering workshops and one-on-one mentoring in the digital-media arts to individuals with disabilities who are interested in learning about photography and video creation. We hope this instruction will help our participants gain confidence in using digital tools to tell their own stories.

Our Board of Trustees

Dr. Henry Hood, President
Adonna Wickliffe, President-Elect
Ruth Trout, Treasurer
Missy Kinnaird, Secretary
Dr. Matthew Holder, Immediate Past President
Ryan Keith
Kimberly Thompson
Bill Kenealy
Brandon Franklin
Donovan Fornwalt, Chief Exceutive Officer

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